A book about the miniature worlds of nature, highly creditable and imaginative, in which she tells stringently and with wit of insect denizens. Of spiders: their particularized courtship antics, the obvious shortcomings of the female as a mate, their numerous enemies. Of beetles: their domestic virtues -- attention to their mates, devotion to their children. Of wasps: who have no leanings toward family life, the solitary graceful female. Of ants and been: their highly organized social life in hills and hives, the drudgery of the lone female bee. The recording of the life cycles, activities and achievements in the ""lesser worlds"" is executed in a tone of understatement which pleasurably lends both fascination and excellence to the effort.